Discover our Spooky Plants

Toad Lily at Rowallane

Did you know there are many spooky plants to be discovered at Rowallane? Discover these bewitching plants all around the garden.

Blood Root

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is an herbaceous perennial from New England that flowers in spring. Bloodroot gets its name from the red orange sap that runs through every part of the plant but is darker in the root. Whenever the plant is cut, it “bleeds,” and the sap does look very much like blood and can be found in the Walled garden.

Fly Agaric

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric is amongst the most iconic of the toadstools, commonly depicted in children’s books with its red cap and white spots. It was used many years ago in parts of Europe as an insecticide, crushed in milk for attracting and killing flies. It can be seen in Rowallane beside isolated trees especially Betula (birch) and Pinus (pine).

Devils and Angels

Arum maculatum is a common woodland plant species of the Araceae family. It is widespread across most of Europe as well as Turkey and Caucasus. It is known by an abundance of common names including snakeshead, adder's root, arum, lords-and-ladies, devils and angels, cuckoo-pint,In autumn the lower ring of (female) flowers forms a cluster of bright red berries. These attractive red to orange berries are extremely poisonous. This plant is in the Outer Walled garden.


Also known as wolf's bane, devil's helmet, Queen of all Poisons. All members of the genus Aconitum, monkshood included, are poisonous. In fact the name  wolfsbane came about from using the ground root of perennial monkshood in meaty bait to kill the once hated animals. All parts of the plant are toxic, including the sap, so appreciate its beauty in the garden and not as a cut flower in the Walled garden.

Toad Lily

The common name of this delicate orchid-like flower is the Japanese toad lily. This comes from the flowers, which are blotched and spotty like a toad. This plant is native to Asia .You can see the Toad lily plant in the Walled garden.

Witch hazel

The name Witch in witch-hazel has its origins in Middle English wiche, from the Old English wice, meaning "pliant" or "bendable". "Witch hazel" was used in England as a synonym for Wych Elm, which has leaves similar to a hazel. American colonists simply extended the familiar name to the new shrub. The use of the twigs as divining rods, just as hazel twigs were used in England, may also have influenced the "witch" part of the name. This Shrub is on the top of the spring Ground.

Upcoming events

Ghosts and Gourds Spooktacular

Sat 19 Oct 2019
See the garden come to life with mystical and magical myths inspired by local folklore. Then watch your little ones be transformed with fearsome face painting. To top off your day, scoop out and carve your very own pumpkin to take home....

Poison Chocolate Apple Dunking

Sat 26 Oct 2019
Enjoy a ghoulish day out as your little witch or wizard decorates their own chocolate apple to take home.

Family Festive Film Fun

Sat 16 Nov 2019
Wrap up warm and get into the festive spirit by coming along to our special film screenings in the barn. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate and popcorn. Visit the website for film details.

Yuletide Festival

Sat 07 Dec 2019
Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. Walk around the market and discover a great selection of seasonal crafts and gifts, floral decorations and food stalls. Look out for Father Christmas on the way!

Gingerbread Man Decorating

Sat 14 Dec 2019
Come along for a festive day out and help dress the gingerbread man by using your awesome decorating skills.

Fun in the Garden

Sat 04 Apr 2020
Get competitive and challenge your loved ones to some races on the front lawn. Try your hand at egg and spoon racing.